PawnStop: Yeah. We’ll Take It.

A wise, old man once wrote “One cannot refuse to eat just because there is a chance of being choked“. Or was that a fortune cookie? Now that I think of it, it was a fortune cookie but a wise and, no doubt, old one indeed. Well GameStop must have received the same fortune cookie because they just announced that they will be taking your old iStuff for Trade-In credit towards your next transaction with them. Below is the Press Release:

U.S. GameStop Stores To Accept Trades of iPod®, iPhone® and iPad® Mobile Digital Devices
Put your iPod, iPhone or iPad trade toward this year’s hottest releases and more at GameStop

GRAPEVINE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Got an iPod, iPhone or iPad collecting dust? Don’t trash it or let it sit and lose value – trade it for credit toward video games, gaming systems, downloadable content (DLC) and more at GameStop (NYSE: GME), the world’s largest multichannel retailer of video games. Beginning today, customers can take advantage of competitive trade values and earn credit by trading in their iPod, iPhone or iPad at GameStop stores nationwide.

Many iPod, iPhone and iPad trade values are significantly higher than typical game trade-ins, allowing customers to build trade credit more quickly. “By trading in iOS devices, GameStop customers have yet another source of funds to put toward the purchase of new and pre-owned games, DLC, digital PC games and more,” stated GameStop president Tony Bartel. “This is especially significant with the great title line-up slated for this fall.”

Trades of the iPod, iPhone or iPad must be in working condition and free from cosmetic defects. For complete details, including devices accepted, visit or a local GameStop store.
(Source: GameStop)

Okay. If you have an iPad collecting dust someone should just slap you on the eyelid. Do you realize how much you paid for that? Caress that sexy piece of tech and force it into your daily schedule because video game retailers are starting to take notice of it. Pretty soon, it will start coming home late from “work”; smelling like someone else and getting annoyed with you at the slightest glide of your forefinger. Then you’ll start checking its most recent searches and find GameStop popping up left and right. Do you confront your iPad or accept that it may have a better life in the arms of a retail giant?

Listen. Every company has to fight for its share of profit in this cross-eyed economy and sometimes that means trying new things. McDonald’s brought in couches and Free WiFi, Starbucks started selling ice cream and smoothies, and Abercrombie started hiring people who actually talk to their customers. At this point, I am starting to believe these Mayans were spot on with their lack of love for 2013 and beyond. This curious move from GameStop could open up room for profit at both ends of the transaction. It could also open itself up to more popularity amongst a particular crowd: The B & E Crowd. GameStops have been requiring drivers licenses with Trade-Ins for some time now, which is not much different from your local Cash Pawn store down the road, so the security risk is still tempered by the outstanding work ethic of today’s teenagers.  Feel better?

No one would blame you for looking to Amazon, ebay, or even Craiglist to off your once lovely tech-romance. They may even give you enough money to buy yourself something nice; just take your mind off things for a while. It wasn’t your fault. If you decide that your ex-lover would be happier in the embrace of GameStop, well then…they’ve already made a room just for it. You did everything you could, but sometimes we have to let go of the things we love to see if they will come back in the form of a video game. The choice is yours. What will you do?

11 Responses to “PawnStop: Yeah. We’ll Take It.”
  1. i don’t think that it’s a good idea on the behalf of the person getting rid of their i-thing. Gamestop (although very loyal customer i am(sorry for sounding like yoda).)gives incredibly low price for anything you sell them in less your a video game company going out of business and your getting rid of your entire library . I say if your really are in dire need to get rid of your i gadget go sell it on ebay or craigslist. Me i love my i-gadgets and they will stay with me until death due us part.

    • Ryan says:

      In truth, you most likely will not receive anything close to the original value on a 1st or 2nd Gen iPod so I can see where this may be an enticing option. An iPad, however, does not seem to generate the same faith in the value department.

  2. dbone404 says:

    I have no intention of selling any of my apple products, I love them far too much. Even when I upgrade I always have a use for the old one. I have one for my gym bag, one for my car, and one that I use as my day to day. I just don’t see any need to trade them in I suppose. It’ll be interesting to see how this goes with “pawn stop” It’s hard to forecast what’ll happen, but something tells me it’ll be a great success or a vast failure, I don’t see a middle ground. That’s just my opinion though.

    • Ryan says:

      Good call. I would imagine it would have to start with a band or else it could fall victim to mediocrity. Their marketing team really needs to push this one with some force, which I am sure they will do.

  3. Brenaq says:

    Engimius here to say that I do not own any I-things. That is all.

  4. Ok, so gamestop is already the one of the worst companies ever has stepped down to a new low. On top of ruining the game industry because lets face it developers make NO money off used games; all that money is being pumped into that stupid company, and the fact that they are very pricy when it comes to everything else and super stingy when it comes to buying used games. Oh not to mention the whole Deus Ex thing a couple weeks ago. Now they are going to rob families who dont know any better from their Apple device. I mean they could easily give an ipod touch a $60 value and in turn sell for $160-$180. This is ridiculous and gamestop knows it cause in 10 years or so they will go under because everything is moving to digital distribution. Its save developers money and it saves them from a publisher sometimes. Like the article said go to ebay if yoou are getting a used game, and help some random guy out.
    So those are my 2 cents 😛

    • Ryan says:

      Your 2 cents burn with the a vengeance of a thousand Xboxes (1st Gen of course), but I can’t say I blame them for their experiment. As you mentioned, the impending digital age will certainly take a decent chunk out of their profit lines, but not everyone is on board with relinquishing their physical wares. I certainly am not. They will have a place in this messed up world just as Amazon but they certainly do need a game changer. That I most certainly agree.

    • Danilo i’m not on gamestop side cause they do rob the crap out of people even if i do buy most of my stuff from them but i heard there trying to go digital a well their coming out with a gaming tablet and with that there going to try and come out with a digital service as well.i mean i heard about them trying to do a digital service for a while now but the tablet thing i just heard a couple of days ago. i believe they should take a good profit hit and drop down in the market just so they can reevaluate what they are doing as a company and what the should and could do better.

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